I’ve been told by reliable sources (namely, my wife the church organist) that I have difficulty carrying a tune. Others have suggested that I keep my voice low so as not to knock others off key or out of tune.
Why is it that we like our elected representatives best when they appear to be standing alone? It’s that old “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” image of the courageous individual refusing to violate his ideals vs. the compromisers and dealmakers.
It used to be that when it rained, concerns about drought began to dry up. But this drought is so severe that those who want part of the state’s limited water supply are still working furiously to get it. The battle was waged on two fronts last week.
It is utterly crucial that Proposition 1 passes. If it doesn’t, then the people who have targeted “our” water – the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus rivers – will become even more desperate to get it. And with their greater resources, political clout and money, it will be harder to stop them. The only way to save our water is for this bond to pass.
The tank was on fire. Out in front of the others, it had been hit by an armor-piercing shell during the fierce fighting on Iwo Jima. The men inside scrambled to get out, knowing they would be running into a hail of bullets. But it was either that or die in the tank.
Many will label this a conspiracy theory and send me a tin hat. But the critical point is that mismanagement of Northern California water has created a zero-sum game. Without more storage, there’s only so much water to go around – and a lot less during droughts.
It was good to see Assembly members Kristin Olsen and Adam Gray, and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani hosting a town-hall meeting Thursday at Modesto Junior College to talk about the problems with the California Board of Registered Nursing’s computer system. Good to see them not because we missed them, but because we got to see them working together.
Farmers like to talk about their water. But in reality, all the water in California is our water. Every citizen owns it, just like we own the parks and the roads. It’s a shared resource; a common good. So when someone tries to profit unduly off water, well, that’s just wrong. But apparently not according to the Modesto Irrigation District or even the state itself.
Have you wondered, during this year of unprecedented statewide drought, why you haven’t heard cries of thirsty dismay rising from Southern California and cascading over the Tehachapis? Why the people offering astronomical sums for water are mostly south-valley farmers and not the gargantuan SoCal urban water districts that supply water to 22million people?
Despite what we’ve heard, the Chinese characters for “crisis” and “opportunity” really aren’t the same. That’s a stretch motivational speakers and others use to make us feel better when we’re facing a catastrophe. Like a drought.
Roughly 350 people came out to Hart-Ransom School on Saturday morning for a meeting to discuss plan from the city of Modesto and Modesto Chamber of Commerce to include 1,800 acres of Wood Colony in the city’s general plan. That would open the way for annexation and eventual development, turning some of the best farmland in Stanislaus County into business parks.
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